H’art Studio

A summer like no other: H’art Studio

A summer like no other: H’art Studio

This summer is full of virtual adventures and music. H'art Studio artists are exploring our city through virtual tours of art galleries and museums. We are discovering sights near and far and imagining wide-open spaces. We are starting with watercolours and mixed...

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Studio artists salute community helpers

Studio artists salute community helpers

The first in a series of Finding Good art sales is here –– and available to you online! This collection features 14 painted wood sculptures. The sculptures depict the helpers in our community. Look for a celebration of doctors, teachers, nurses, zoo keepers, 911...

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When the world shuts down, Artists Connect!

When the world shuts down, Artists Connect!

From January to March, the "Artist Connect" project brought artists from across Canada together to talk about making art in the digital world. Artist Connect was presented by Ottawa’s BEING Studio, in partnership with H'art Centre (Kingston), The Space (Ottawa),...

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Book your transition presentation now

Book your transition presentation now

Ready to spread your wings? H’art Centre is here if you! H'art Studio offers limited on-site programming and a virtual H’art Studio program. Remember, you can join Virtual H'art Studio anytime, from anywhere. Teachers, administrators, and parent organizations!...

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Finishing up the Season of Solos

Last season, H’art Studio artists explored the driving force of inspiration. They looked at how local artists use their own personal interests to inspire their creations. For instance, some local artists have been inspired to create artwork that features food,...

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CURRENT PROJECT: Finding Good

CURRENT PROJECT: Finding Good

H'art Centre is launching a new season and plans for monthly art projects under the slogan, “Finding Good”. “People have been isolated, missing friends and loved ones, feeling bored, tired, stuck, and out of shape,” said Katherine Porter, Executive Director of H’art...

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Studio unveils first online art sale

Studio unveils first online art sale

We decided to create a new way for H'art collectors to interact with the work on sale. The long-awaited Small Things art sale is here –– and available to you online! We postponed the sale in the spring but didn't forget the work that went into this collection. To...

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Reimagining Small Things

Reimagining Small Things

Small Things was two weeks from its opening. H'artists were preparing to take the Isabel Bader Human Rights Arts Festival stage. Then, Ontario shut down public performances due to the COVID-19 crisis. Right now, H'art is exploring ways to reinvent and remount our...

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Virtual program prepares for growth

Virtual program prepares for growth

What's next for "Virtual H'art Studio"? In 2021, H'art will enrich its content and expand its reach. We will look at what made the 2020 Zoom workshops successful. The team will dig into feedback from participants, staff, and consultants. From there, the administration...

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Season of Solos (and safety)

Season of Solos (and safety)

The fall is flying by and we can’t believe that we near the halfway point of November. Both onsite and online H’artists have completed their exploration of local artists' inspirations and are in the creation phase of "Season of Solos". Local artists use personal...

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H’art Studio’s Fall 2020 Programming

H’art Studio’s Fall 2020 Programming

Today, we are pleased to announce the details of our Fall 2020 H'art Studio programming. The Fall session, which we are calling Season of Solos, will include visual arts, music, and dance workshops on the theme of "inspiration". The new session begins on September 8th...

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Virtual H’art Studio attracts artists from a distance

It has been said that there is an opportunity in every crisis. When H'art Centre shut down to on-site programming due to the pandemic, we had no idea what opportunity would arise. Without missing a beat, our instructors and administrators worked hard to deliver...

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What you can expect this Fall Season

The overall theme of the Fall Season is "Season of Solos". H'art artists will demonstrate the "personal interest and inspiring force behind each creation" in many artistic disciplines.   We are pleased to announce Daniel Chalmers, a local professional...

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Your look at online community artist schedule

Your look at online community artist schedule

We are happy to announce the addition of a second Zoom workshop to our weekly schedule. Some of Kingston's most amazing community artists are now leading our H'art Studio artists in different mediums. Here are a few: Tuesday, May 5: Percussion with Daniel Chalmers...

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In the works: art from isolation

In the works: art from isolation

After years of highly collaborative work in theatre and dance, H'art artists had to shift quickly into being creative during a time of isolation and social distancing. Change can be scary but it can also support opportunity. So, H'art Studio artists will explore their...

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Your peek into Zoom workshops

Your peek into Zoom workshops

Although our doors are closed, our programming has not stopped. We have adapted our programming to a new virtual space. Every day, instructors and guest artists work to prepare assignments, communicate our schedule and plans, and encourage artists on their creative...

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A new normal: virtual H’art Studio

A new normal: virtual H’art Studio

Throughout the shut down, or instructors, administration and communication staff have been working hard behind the scenes. Our goals have been to: connect with every H'art artist, connect them to each other, set a new routine, introduce meaningful activities, and...

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Small Things

Small Things

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. To help with community efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, we suspended rehearsals and postponed the April 17 & 18, 2020 performances of Small Things. We will update you about the new schedule and venue when the information is available.

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H’art to Return to Isabel Bader Human Rights Arts Festival

After 2018’s successful first appearance at the Isabel Bader Human Rights Festival with the 20th anniversary play A Gift From Martadella, H’art Centre is proud to announce it will return to the Festival in 2020 with a new production, Small Things. The production will...

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Vince Love Club 2019

Vince Love Club 2019

The Vince Love Club is an annual gathering for registered H’art Studio's artists and their family members and caregivers. Dress your best to honour the memory of our dear friend Vince and take a moment to remember what is truly important in life: music,...

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H’art Studio’s 2019 Fall Season

H'art Studio artists got off to a great start this fall. The theme for the fall season: Celebration! In our workshops, we are learning abou the word, its associated energy, the inspiration to be with others or self, and how celebration creates memories and moments for...

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Exhibit: A Message From Nature

Exhibit: A Message From Nature

An exhibit and fundraiser in support of our next major performance THE BOX, 237 Wellington Street Saturday, June 8 - Sunday June, 9 2019 2:00 PM -4:00 PM Choir performance 3:00-3:30 PM In A Message From Nature, H'artists and Canadian artist Katherine Porter create a...

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Developing A Daily Practice

"A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence."- Jim Watkins This term, H'art Studio artists will work to strengthen their personal daily practice. What is a "daily practice"? It is a series of small, fundamental actions that,...

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H’art continues a loving legacy

Every year, since his passing in July 2016, H'art has held a special event to honour the legacy of our dear friend Vince. This year was no exception and we gathered again for The Vince Love Club on December 19th. It was a chance for H’art School participants and...

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H’art stages two sold-out performances of The Wishing Tree

On December 8 & 9, 2018, H'art Centre staged two sold-out performances of The Wishing Tree marking a huge success for our first collaboration with artist Suzanne Pasternak. Inspired by local stories and legends of Prince Edward County, The Wishing Tree is a...

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2018 Vince Love Club

2018 Vince Love Club

December 19, 2018 The Vince Love Club is an annual gathering for H’art School participants and invited guests. Dress your best to honour Vince and to take a moment to remember what is truly important in life: music, dancing, laughter, and friends.  ...

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Special Like You draws praise, ovation

More than 70 people came out for "Special Like You". Our artists enjoyed thrilling applause and a standing ovation - thank you! Special Like You was a thematic exploration of nature, the elements, animals, and transformation through dance and theatre. This...

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Special Like You

Special Like You

Special Like You August 16, 2018 A new dance presentation for parents, caregivers, and family members of registered H'art School participants. Seating is very limited, call 613-545-1392 today to reserve your seats.        

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A thank you from Martadella

H’art Centre marked its 20th year in Kingston with a major production at the Isabel Bader Performance Centre from April 20-21, 2018 and would like to thank everyone who made the event possible. “We started 20 years ago with the belief that people with developmental...

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A Gift from Martadella

A Gift from Martadella

A Gift From MartadellaIsabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts 390 King Street West Kingston, OntarioApril 20 – 21, 2018 (see below for more detailed times)Adults $20 Seniors (over 65) $12 Children (under 12) $12An inspiring musical for anyone who believes they...

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A Gift From Martadella

A Gift From Martadella

April 20-21, 2018 Isabel Bader Centre Performing Arts Centre, Performance Hall An inspiring musical for anyone who believes they have more to give & H'art Centre's 20th anniversary celebration event Produced by H’art Centre By Kathi Toth Switzer & David...

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Vince Love Club 2017

The Vince Love Club is an annual gathering for H’art School participants and invited guests. Dress your best to honour Vince and to take a moment to remember what is truly important in life: music, dancing, laughter and friends. FREE    

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Lessons Learned and Loved

An exhibit and fundraiser in support of major 20th anniversary performance   In 1998, artist Katherine Porter established a group that would grow into Kingston’s H’art Centre, an arts hub where people with disabilities create, study, and produce works in the...

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Art-ivism Show & Tell

H'art Centre welcomed the Kingston community to learn about how the value of the arts to people with developmental disabilities and how artists use their art to make a positive change and promote inclusion on Tuesday, May 16. The event featured short performances,...

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Down Syndrome By The Dozen

Down Syndrome By The Dozen

Down Syndrome By The DozenTHE BOX at H’art Centre 237 Wellington Street Kingston, OntarioApril 19 – 29, 2017(see below for more detailed times)Adults $10Imagine living in a world that makes little sense to you, where the rules can be developed without your...

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Arts and positive social change

Art-ivist:  A person who blends art with positive social action and inclusion In January, we began to learn about local artists who have used their art to make a positive change and promote inclusion in Kingston. We call these inspiring individuals by a new term ––...

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The Secret Life of Natalie

The Secret Life of Natalie

The Secret Life of NatalieTHE BOX at H’art Centre 237 Wellington Street Kingston, ONDecember 6 – 10, 2016(see below for more detailed times)$10Produced by H’art Centre Directed by Kathryn MacKay Music Direction by Kathi Toth Switzer & Michael George Choreography...

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Vince Love Club 2016

 A joyous afternoon for H’art School participants and invited guests Dress your best for this sophisticated celebration to honour Vince and the way he inspired us to live life to its fullest. This event will feature annual awards, dancing, music, popcorn & juice,...

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The Secret Life of Natalie

The Secret Life of Natalie Produced by H’art Centre Directed by Kathryn MacKay Music Direction by Kathi Toth Switzer & Michael George Choreography by Melissa Mahady Wilton Inspired by the song "I Can Fly" by Michael George Performed by: Anna Sudac, Anna G....

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Fresh Art! Pop-Up Shop

Come join us at our pop-up art store and discover fresh art products curated from the summer program! This season, we are encouraging our artists to explore "growth" in themselves and the world around them. Our June "pop-up" shop takes its inspiration from the life...

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Melos Choir presents: Music with H’art

Melos and H'art Centre's Choir and Percussionists collaborate in performing works such as Pachelbel's Canon on May 1 2016. They highlight the use of sol-fa and great music teachers through the centuries in western classical music. Melos choir and period instruments...

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Open H'art

Our artists have accomplished amazing things this term and family, friends and the general public are welcome to come and celebrate their work! This free event is perfect for parents, friends & family, potential volunteers, special educators, and people 18+ with...

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Art Exhibit – Office of Sophie Kiwala, MPP

MPP Sophie Kiwala is inviting the public to join her, her staff and volunteers to celebrate the New Year! She will be showcasing artwork from H'art Centre in her constituency office and welcoming the artists and their families. If you have any accessibility...

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Baboo

Baboo

Show Times:   My name is Mary. Margaret Mary Theodora Macdonald. I have a good life.  My father was an important person, you might’ve heard of him. Just in time for Sir John A. Macdonald's bicentennial being celebrated all over Kingston and Canada this year,...

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Off the Record

Join H'art School's Poetry Collective on Tuesday, September 29th from 7:30-8:30 p.m. as they read from their manuscript in progress! This small group of participants has been developing this project over the last year. This event will feature original poetry created...

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Baboo Project in Development

Baboo: Missing in History   The Ontario Arts Council is supporting our research on the largely unknown life of Sir. John A. MacDonald's daughter Mary who was born with hydrocephalus. His daughter, who he affectionately called "Baboo", has a story to tell and...

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New project in development

New project in development

Baboo: Missing in History   The Ontario Arts Council is supporting our research on the largely unknown life of Sir. John A. MacDonald's daughter Mary who was born with hydrocephalus. His daughter, who he affectionately called "Baboo", has a story to tell and...

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Exhibit: Out of the Box

Come to  Windmills Café beginning on May 24th to see H'art School's new visual art exhibit! The artists –– all adults with intellectual disabilities–– were challenged to use a simple box as a metaphor during this year's creative lessons and their own artistic...

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Able Artists presents We Are All Musicians

Able Artists Series: Inclusive Music Making   Juno award-winning composer-percussionist Jesse Stewart joined the Able Artist series to introduce inclusive music-making technologies to the local community. In a morning session, Stewart led our artists with...

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Exhibit at Windmills

Exhibit at Windmills

I Say I Am Windmills Cafe Exhibit May 4-31 A group of H'art artists will exhibit a series of acrylic paintings at Windmills Café from May 4-31 bringing their original joy-inspiring work and pastiches of celebrated artists with disability to the public. The exhibit...

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